Triumph Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Triumph Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Triumph product line includes two dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Triumph Lamb Meal and Rice
  • Triumph Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal

Triumph Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Triumph Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 23% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 55%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, rice flour, ground rice, ground whole grain sorghum, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavors, dried beet pulp, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt, dried egg product, vitamins: choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), vitamin D3 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, niacin, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, minerals: zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis21%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis23%13%55%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%29%50%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The third ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour.

The fourth ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The sixth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because some worry that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

After the natural flavor, we find beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Triumph Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Triumph Dog Food looks like an average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 23%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 55%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 23% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Triumph Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a modest amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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Notes and Updates

10/12/2010 Original review
07/07/2012 Review updated
02/15/2014 Last Update

  • MaineSusan

    yes… just seeing my feed store adv Triumph Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato or Salmon & Sweet Potato

  • Al Aitken

    I’m told by a breeder that Triumph now makes a “Grain Free” dog food. Please rate this new Triumph dog food for us.

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  • melissa

    Mary-

    I am sure there could be another pet store called Benson’s-but if you are in upstate NY, its the same Benson’s that I shop at(or one of them). I can not imagine them knowingly selling rancid food. While its possible that any one can get a bad bag, all you would have to do is return it for an exchange-

    They also seem to get very “long dated” products for most of their foods as well. The separate “price tag” they place on the product(with no actual price) is the date it arrived to them so you have an idea of how long they have had it.

  • Bob K

    Mary – Are you sure about the rancid bags or did they just run out of stock? Did you call the Mfg. of Triumph? Very few petshops carry Triumph. Was the bag rancid at the petshop or from the Mfg? What is the date on the bag of dogfood? How did you expect Triumph to contact you if you bought the food at your local petshop to tell you not to use the food?

  • Mary

    I have been feeding my dogs Triumph for about a year, when I went to buy a new bag at my pet store, Benson’s, I was told that it was out of stock due to a problem with the bags being rancid! I realized then that my dogs had not been eating much and begging for food. I was suprised that I had not been informed about this problem. I was advised to buy Dimond. OK, so today I went to buy more food and Triumph was on the shelf! I asked a manager why they would sell food that was rancid and she said it was the owners decision. First, I’m shocked that there is no control on rancid food. Second, I’m shocked that anyone is selling it. And third, what about my dogs? Does eating rancid food hurt them, one dog has had infected growths and needed antibiotics and lancing.

  • Amy

    Warning: I’ve been feeding Triumph for a long time to multiple dogs and puppies. When the bag is fresh, it’s probably the best value (good quality, unbeatable price). However, SO many times I have brought a bag home only to find it rancid. Triumph says it is because the pet store doesn’t have enough turn-over of the product, but sometimes the bad is only 4 months old! I got sick of half the bags being bad… AND the smell and texture not being consistant from bag to bag. I love the price, but it’s not worth having to exchange bag after bag.

  • Michelle

    Nikki, that Perdue University study on bloat, that you cited is totally flawed. Take a look at what the Great Dane lady says about bloat. She makes a lot more sense….. http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/bloat_and_torsion_is_nutrition_a_factor.htm

  • Nikki

    @ShamelessRawFoodie: Ha… Wow. I totally didn’t read that thoroughly enough. Teach me to cite something and just skim it… With egg on my face, I humbly apologize!

    Excuse me while I go hide in a corner for a while…

  • melissa

    Nikki-

    I don’t think anyone knows what actually causes bloat at this time. There have been many theories, and food has been “named” at least as a contributing factor, as well as genetics, physical build of the dog and excercise. Since there is no definitive cause(s) I have all my large breed females “tacted” (gastroplexy) when they are spayed since they are already in the stomach cavity. I have not done the male since it would have been a more invasive procedure, but so far, so good.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Wow Nikki – You write ” It [bloat] doesn’t have anything to do with their diet.” But the link you provided, http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm, titled Bloat in Dogs, includes several ’causes’ of bloat that are related to diet, and numerous ‘prevention’ suggestions related to diet, as follows:

    CAUSES:
    Eating dry foods that contain citric acid as a preservative (the risk is even worse if the owner moistens the food)
    Eating dry foods that contain fat among the first four ingredients
    Insufficient pancreatic enzymes, such as Trypsin (a pancreatic enzyme present in meat)
    Eating gas-producing foods (especially soybean products, brewer’s yeast, and alfalfa)

    PREVENTION:
    Do not feed dry food exclusively
    Feed a high-protein (>30%) diet, particularly of raw meat
    If feeding dry food, avoid foods that contain fat as one of the first four ingredients
    If feeding dry foods, avoid foods that contain citric acid
    If you must use a dry food containing citric acid, do not pre-moisten the food
    If feeding dry food, select one that includes rendered meat meal with bone product among the first four ingredients
    Reduce carbohydrates as much as possible
    Feed a high-quality diet
    Whole, unprocessed foods are especially beneficial
    Feed adequate amount of fiber (for commercial dog food, at least 3.00% crude fiber)
    Add an enzyme product to food (e.g., Prozyme)
    Include herbs specially mixed for pets that reduce gas
    Avoid brewer’s yeast, alfalfa, and soybean products
    Promote an acidic environment in the intestine
    Promote “friendly” bacteria in the intestine, e.g. from “probiotics”
    Above is copied from website link provided by Nikki, http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm
    > > This is not my information or opinion. < <

  • Nikki

    @steve: From my understanding, bloat is caused when dogs (especially large, barrel-chested ones like Mastiffs) have too much air in their stomach and it twists, usually because of eating too quickly or exercising too soon after eating. It doesn’t have anything to do with their diet.

    [Source: personal experience, but also: http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm)

  • steve oifer

    I lost both of my male Mastiffs to bloat while they were on dry Triumph kibble 30+ years ago. I don’t know if the formula has changed, but I would think twice before using any kibble at present in large breeds prone to bloating.

  • melissa

    Wescott-

    I found the best thing to do it, make a list of the foods you are interested in and take it to the store with you. This way, you can compare pricing, bag size and “star rating” at the same time. Prices can vary hugely between locations, states etc, so its difficult to even check the pricing on line.

    In my part of NY(upstate) foods that are in the price range of Triumph ($29-37 per bag)would be Chicken Soup, Diamond Naturals, Pro Pac, Healthwise, 4health, Premium edge and Canidae is at the higher end of this grouping at $36.99 for 35lbs. The Pro Pac is a 44# bag, the rest are around 35lbs. One you find foods that may work for you, check the company websites to see if they have frequent buyer programs. Often, there is a buy 10 or 12 get one free, and that reduces the overall cost per bag. Also check kcals per cup and feeding requirements.

    I know its often hard to comprehend( I know until I sat and ran the numbers I was baffled) but owning multiple dogs it was important. If a 35lb bag of one food is say $35 and another is $29, it would seem the $35 is more expensive-however, if brand 1 I only need to feed my dobes 3 cups and brand 2 I need to feed 5 cups, the more expensive food is the way to go-you use less per month and therefore cheaper in the long run.

    Right now I am feeding the Pro Pac mini chunk and my active 65-75lb dogs eat 4 cups each per day(at 535 kcals per cup) I am going to try them on Canidae-even though its lower kcals per cup, the feeding recc for a 75lb dog is 3 cups(with activity) To extrapolate-If canidae works for them, I am ‘saving” 3 cups of food per day x 30 days =90 cups LESS of dog food fed per month just for these three. The average 35lb bag has 140cups(at 4 oz food per 8oz cup)-which would mean that every 2 mths, I am “saving” a little over 1 bag of food : ) So while I am spending $6 more a month, I am feeding 6 bags less per year!

  • Bob K

    Wescott – For rough price estimates this may help. https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmNw5KB82-n_dGtyOEpVVXhPQ2tfeU1FUGdEdjVnTkE&hl=en#gid=0

    Also Menards, Farm and Fleet and Tractor Supply (TSC) often have sales that provides a better price.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Westcott… Unfortunately, due to the continuously changing prices of the more than 2,500 dog foods on our website, it would be impossible for me to maintain accurate retail information. However, in the very near future, we’ll be adding a special “Where to Buy” directory of dog food retailers. So, you’ll soon be able to find a retailer that sells the foods you’re looking for. And you’ll be able to search by either brand or by zip and postal code. You can also contact local and online retailers for the pricing information you need.

  • Mike P

    Prices can easily be found on the internet . You can go to the dog food company’s web site and click on the “where to buy ” link . Simply call the store to find the price . Hope this helps

  • westcott

    First, thank you for providing some great information. The ingredient splitting really opened my eyes, as well as, the breakdown of the ingredients and the pros and cons of each. I went from Eukenuba, to Triumph, and now I am looking for something better at the same cost. Any recommendations? An ability to sort or search by price would be awesome. A comparison of Quality vs. Price would be even better between the 5 grades you have listed. Thanks again for your help.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi James… Look in our library for an article about Low Protein Dog Foods. Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized reviews and product recommendations for each reader. For more information, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • James E. Brown

    Seeking a low protein dogfood for my six (6) year old Maltese who is having kidney issues.I am located in Santa Rosa california.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Gloria… Unfortunately, with thousands of dog food products in North America alone, we don’t currently track the retail locations and availability of the products we review. However, I’ve heard that Costco is selling this product online only. You may want to visit their website.

    By the way, very soon (December 2010?) we’ll be making available our free Dog Food Locator Directory to permit readers to search for dog food brands and stores by their own zip or postal codes. So, be sure to stay tuned.

    Hope this helps.

  • gloria funderburk

    I raised a Great Dane and a Doberman pup on Triumph Kibble
    more than 30 years ago. I also gave my pups the Golden Bars
    as treats. I live in the flatbursh area of Brooklyn (11210) . I need to know where I can purchase these 2 dry products. I know its not the best food but, the stools were firm and not smelly also both dogs were massive at maturity with good coats and very little plaque on their theeth. Any info would be helpful.